Xalkori

Drug List

Xalkori

Drug Name

Xalkori (Crizotinib)

Manufactured By

Pfizer, Inc

Drug Savings

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Crizotinib is used to treat metastatic (cancer that has already spread) non-small cell lung cancer that is caused by a defect in either a gene called anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) or a gene called ROS1. It is an antineoplastic (cancer) agent. Crizotinib interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed by the body. This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

How To Use

Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, break, chew, or open it. Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, or yellow skin or eyes Fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness Fast, slow, pounding, or uneven heartbeat Trouble breathing, chest pain, fever, chills, cough If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor: Change or loss of taste Diarrhea, constipation, nausea Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet Tiredness Vision changes If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Some foods and medicines can affect how crizotinib works. Tell your doctor if you are using St John's wort, alfentanil, arsenic trioxide, cisapride, clonidine, cyclosporine, digoxin, dofetilide, fentanyl, pimozide, quinidine, sirolimus, or tacrolimus. Also tell your doctor if you are using blood pressure medicine, medicine to treat HIV/AIDS, medicine to treat an infection or tuberculosis, medicine to treat seizures, medicine to treat depression or mental illness, or an ergot medicine. Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.

In Case of Overdose

Seek medical attention

In Case of Missed Dose

If your next dose is more than 6 hours away, take the missed dose as soon as you can. If your next dose is less than 6 hours away, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose. If you vomit after you take a dose, do not take an extra dose. Take the next dose at the regular time.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.